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Parliamentary Committee activities during recess - Bill Watch Special
April 19, 2010
and thematic committees have suspended operations to allow members
to play their part in the Constitution Select Committee’s
outreach programme, meaning that normal committee activity will
not resume until after the Houses resume sitting in June. This position
may be reviewed if the commencement of the outreach programme is
delayed much longer.
There is, however,
some committee activity taking place and persons wishing to make
submissions to the three portfolio committees mentioned below can
still do so during the recess [see below for further information
on how to get submissions to committees].
Committee on Mines and Energy to Visit Chiadzwa
The Mines and
Energy Portfolio Committee will meet on Tuesday 20th April to chart
the way forward on its investigation into the Government’s
arrangements for the exploitation of the Chiadzwa diamond field.
After being turned back when it tried to visit Chiadzwa some weeks
ago, the committee has tentatively scheduled another visit for 21st
and 22nd April [including a possible public hearing for residents
of the area] and has asked the co-Ministers of Home Affairs for
clearance for this visit. The Minister of Mines has passed the issue
of clearance to Home Affairs because the diamond field is a protected
area under the Protected Places and Areas Act, and this Act comes
under Home Affairs. As a large ministerial delegation headed by
Vice-President Nkomo visited the area last week, it is difficult
to believe that the Parliamentary committee will be denied access
again.The committee will eventually produce a report on its investigation
and this report will be tabled in the House of Assembly. The committee
is still open to written submissions.
The Second Reading
debate on the POSA Amendment Bill commenced on 18th March, just
before the House of Assembly adjourned until the 30th June. After
contributions by the private member introducing the Bill, Hon. Gonese,
and his seconder, a member of the Portfolio Committee on Defence
and Home Affairs presented the committee's report on the Bill [electronic
version of report available on request]. The report details the
views expressed by civil society organisations and members of the
public at the several public hearings on the Bill that were held
around the country and sets out in full a new clause put forward
Where one or
more police officers use force in order to disperse a gathering
or to prevent disorder at a gathering, the police officer or the
senior police officer concerned, as the case may be, shall without
delay, and in any event within four days thereafter, prepare a written
(a) the circumstances
in which the force was used; and
(b) the nature
of the force that was used; and
(c) the identity
of the police officers who used the force; and
(d) any deaths,
injuries or loss of or damage to property resulting from the use
and shall cause
copies of the report to be forwarded without delay to the Minister
and to the convenor of the gathering.
It is not too
late for interested organisations and members of the public to send
in written submissions on the Bill; these will be circulated to
members of the committee, and members who have not yet contributed
to the Second Reading debate will have an opportunity to make use
of helpful submissions during the continuation of the debate after
the House resumes.
Committee on Budget, Finance, Economic Development and Investment
Promotion: Indigenisation Regulations
has not yet concluded its consideration of the Indigenisation Regulations.
It hopes to hold further public hearings in Manicaland, Masvingo
and Mashonaland in addition to the well-attended meetings already
held in Bulawayo and Harare. So it is not too late for interested
organisations and members of the public to send in written submissions
on the regulations for the information of the committee.
Submissions to the Relevant Committee
- sent by
post to The Clerk of Parliament [clearly marked for the attention
of the relevant portfolio committee], P.O. Box CY298, Causeway,
to Parliament, using the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue entrance, between
Second and Third Streets.
arrangements for e-mail submissions
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of enquiries from people round Zimbabwe and in the Diaspora who
are unable to post or deliver submissions in time to reach Parliamentary
Committees while they are holding hearings on various matter of
public interest, Veritas has approached Parliament and Parliament
has agreed that e-mail submissions will be accepted. They should
be sent to the Clerk of Parliament [firstname.lastname@example.org]
and clearly marked for the attention of the relevant Parliamentary
Committee; the Clerk will ensure that they are passed on to the
committee in question.
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